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PRODUCT KEY (as listed) IS BOGUS


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#1 vegassounder

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Posted 12 May 2009 - 06:21 PM

First, the horror story:
My Grandson thought my Product Key Label was a chew toy and by the time I retrieved it from him the last 6 digits were unreadable.

Now I need to reinstall my O.S. on a new larger HD.
Shouldn't be a problem right? After all, the Product Key is listed on my XP Pro CD.

Simply SEARCH/ All Files and folders/ include hidden files/ and look for UNATTEND.TXT

Below is the document which SEARCH located for me. At the very bottom of this document is the Product Key.

Problem is that the listed Key is completely BOGUS.
Just to make sure, I tried installing the O.S. on a 20gig HD I no longer use and entered the listed Product Key. It was rejected.
I then SEARCHED for the Product Key on a friends XP Home O.S.
The Key that was revealed on his software was also BOGUS.

Does anyone have an idea of whats going on here?

Would someone be kind enough to SEARCH their own O.S. to see if it lists the correct Key and post the results here?

Thanks to everyone for any advice you can give me.

Chuck


; Microsoft Windows
; © 1994 - 2001 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.
;
; Sample Unattended Setup Answer File
;
; This file contains information about how to automate the installation
; or upgrade of Windows so the Setup program runs without requiring
; user input. You can find more information in the ref.chm found at
; CD:\support\tools\deploy.cab
;

[Unattended]
Unattendmode = FullUnattended
OemPreinstall = NO
TargetPath = *
Filesystem = LeaveAlone


[GuiUnattended]
; Sets the Timezone to the Pacific Northwest
; Sets the Admin Password to NULL
; Turn AutoLogon ON and login once
TimeZone = "004"
AdminPassword = *
AutoLogon = Yes
AutoLogonCount = 1


[LicenseFilePrintData]
; For Server installs
AutoMode = "PerServer"
AutoUsers = "5"


[GuiRunOnce]
; List the programs that you want to lauch when the machine is logged into for the first time


[Display]
BitsPerPel = 16
XResolution = 800
YResolution = 600
VRefresh = 70


[Networking]


[Identification]
JoinWorkgroup = Workgroup


[UserData]
FullName = "Your User Name"
OrgName = "Your Organization Name"
ComputerName = *


ProductKey = "CD87T-HFP4C-V7X7H-8VY68-W7D7M"

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#2 Budapest

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Posted 12 May 2009 - 06:26 PM

Product keys are not on the CD.

However they are stored on your hard drive. You can find it with this:

http://www.magicaljellybean.com/keyfinder/
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Posted 12 May 2009 - 06:33 PM

Budapest,

Thank you for your prompt reply.
I will certainly give your suggestion a try.

But why does my search of the software list any Product Key what so ever.
It makes no sense.

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Posted 12 May 2009 - 11:45 PM

"Product keys are not on the CD."

Some XP OEM CD's have a file named WINNT.sif .
If the file is present it has to be opened with Notepad.
If it is present it will have the proper key .
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Posted 13 May 2009 - 12:11 AM

I've just investigated this a bit further with one of the computers here in the office.

It is an OEM version and there is a WINNT.sif file on the CD. This file has a product key which matches the one given by the MagicalJellyBean key finder.

Funny thing is though that this key does not match the one on the sticker on the case. :thumbsup:
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Posted 13 May 2009 - 10:39 AM

Funny thing is though that this key does not match the one on the sticker on the case. wacko.gif


I've noticed this on a couple of Dells
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Posted 13 May 2009 - 10:58 AM

A manufacturer , like Dell, is given a "Golden" disk & a bunch of COA's that go with it.

Manufacturers don't install on units 1 at a time.
They install on a bunch of hard drives at the same time for a particular model.
That means they all have the same key.
The manufacturer makes there own reinstallation disks by copying the golden disk & adding their own drivers/programs.
That means the key in the WINNT.sif file is going to be the key off of the golden disk not the key off of the COA,which is associated with the golden disk key.
The manufacturer also supplies MS with what disk was used on what model.

Each COA has a seperate "unique" key which is associated with the "master" key.

That means that either the master key, or the COA key should work.
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